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All you need to know about arm lift

What is an arm lift surgery?

The truth is that once we turn 30, our muscle mass decreases by up to 5%. This change may take a toll on a women’s arms if not properly managed.

An arm lift surgery, also known as Brachioplasty, maybe a good choice for those experiencing upper arms sagging due to aging or significant weight loss.

The procedure reduces fat and tightens the supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm, resulting in a more shaped and toned appearance.

Who is an ideal candidate for arm lift surgery?

An ideal candidate for this type of plastic surgery is a healthy person with no medical conditions and a significant upper arm laxity.

Arm lift surgery potential patients are adults who are not obese and whose weight is relatively stable, non-smokers, and those who have realistic expectations of the outcomes.

What are the risks of arm lift surgery?

An arm lift is an elective, cosmetic surgery that as any operation has its own potential risks, which includes:

  • Bleeding

  • Scarring

  • Seroma (fluid retention)

  • Infection

  • Anesthesia risks

Other risks include numbness, damage to nerves and muscles, and wound irritation.

Talk to your plastic surgery to evaluate the risk-benefit of having arm lift surgery.

How is arm lift surgery like?

Like any other plastic surgery, patients are medicated through an IV, injection, or general anesthesia.

Then, your doctor makes an incision on the inside or the back of your arm, which may extend from the underarm to the elbow.

A liposuction cannula is then inserted to extract the excess fat from the targeted area. Then, underlying supportive tissue is tightened and reshaped with internal sutures.

To complete the surgery, your plastic surgeon smooths your skin over the new contour of your arm and closes the incisions with absorbable sutures or stitches.

What should I expect right after arm lift surgery?

You should expect swelling and bruising. A compression garment and bandages are mandatory to relieve the swelling.

Patients are encouraged to have a designated driver back home or to the recovery house.

Your plastic surgeon will put a drain to help avoid fluid retention and provide you guidelines for hydration in order to speed up recovery.

What should I expect after arm lift surgery?

For at least 2 weeks immediately following the surgery you will want to avoid any activities which require exerting 5 or more pounds of force or even elevating your heart rate with exercise that is not specifically targeting the arms, as it could lead to increased bleeding.

 

After the first couple of weeks, you will still want to abstain from any mechanical movement which directly places strain on the recovering areas. It’s ok for you to start incorporating exercise back into your normal routine but avoiding strain on the arms.

 

If discomfort or bleeding occurs, even while taking the necessary precautions, cease the activity immediately. The body needs rest in order to heal itself properly, so the objective should be to allow it to do just that.

It is very important to keep in mind that following any downtime between the surgery and resuming any exercise regimen, you will have lost stamina and perhaps even some strength.

 

Make sure you gradually increase weight and exertion on your way back to where you were strength and stamina-wise pre-surgery.

 

Attempting to jump right back into your routine after an invasive surgery is a recipe for bleeding, tearing and potentially damage to your arm.

Your body, and especially the surgical area, will be very sensitive to strain and any swelling or discomfort after the recommended waiting period should be taken as a sign that you still have not quite fully recovered from the operation to the point where it is safe to resume regular physical activity.

 

Follow the advice of your surgeon and make sure you take care of yourself.

What should I expect during arm lift surgery recovery?

During your recovery from arm lift surgery, dressings or bandages may be applied, and your arms will be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling.

A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid.

You will be given specific instructions on how to care for the surgical site and drains, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing, specific concerns to look for and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon.

During your arm lift recovery, it's common to have some discomfort. You may experience soreness, swelling, and some bruising. This should lessen after the first few days.

Plan for 1 to 2 weeks of recovery time. It may take the tissues in your arms a few weeks to fully heal.

You'll want to use pillows to keep the arms elevated. This helps to increase circulation and reduce swelling. Your doctor may prescribe pain medication if needed.

Wear comfortable loose clothing which is easy to take on and off. Choose a zip or button-up shirt rather than a pullover.

It's important to keep an eye on the surgery site for any changes. Any increased redness, drainage, or swelling should be reported to your doctor as soon as possible.

For a quicker recovery, it's important to follow your post-operative instructions. Get plenty of rest and avoid any strenuous activity that may include bearing weight or lifting over your head.

It's normal for your arm and hand strength to feel weak at first. They will get stronger over time as you heal. Keep arm movement and activity limited during the recovery phase.

How much does arm lift surgery costs?

In the Dominican Republic, arm lift surgery ranges from 3,100 to 3,500 dollars for an all-inclusive package that covers hospital and doctor fees, transportation, recovery house, and lab tests. 

Air travel, insurance, and compression garments are not included. 

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